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August 2021

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Carolina Marsh Tacky

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History and Genetics: Carolina Marsh Tacky is a forgotten breed and was once an important contributor during the Colonial period. Considered a southeast costal breed of the USA, their genetics are tied to the Shackleford Bankers, Florida Cracker, Puerto Rican Paso, and at some point in time the Tennessee Walkers’ DNA came into play.

A number of Carolina Marsh Tacky represents the Iberian type. They average 14 to 14.4 hands and 600 to 900 pounds. The breed has been coined a “stout, swamp-savvy and trail-wise Tacky”. From field to wetland trial blazing, this breed is sure-footed, easy in the saddle and a few have the Swamp Trot shuffle gait.

In the 1990’s the breed count was less than 200 and with conservation steps the Carolina Marsh Tacky increased to 400; it is a slow process but crucial if they are to survive.  In 2007 their DNA was collected by the Equus Survival Trust. As of today, most Tackies reside in Low Country, South Carolina.

Current Global Population: 400
North American Population: 400
Global Breeding Activity: In question
With global breeding activity depressed, more effort is needed.

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July 2021

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Hackney Horse

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History and Genetics: Originating in14th Century England as a riding horse. During the 1700's and early 1800's the Hackney became the forefront “flashy” carriage horse. Using stock (now extinct) such as the Yorkshire and Norfolk Trotters, and early English Thoroughbreds including Flying Childers, son of the Darley "Arabian."

In today’s market the Hackney Horse has kept its unmatched high stepping movement and “flashy style” in the show ring. Bring home ribbons in fine harness and carriage driving singles, pairs, or four-in-hand. The breed defined colorings includes bay brown, black and chestnut, often with lots of white markings, as the breed does carry the sabino gene.

Averaging 14 to 16 hands. Docking tails has long been outlawed in England and is becoming less popular in America.

Current Global Population: 2,500 to 3,000
North American Population: 200
Global Breeding Activity: Approx.
With global breeding activity depressed, more effort is needed.

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June 2021

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Wilbur-Cruce Horse

Horse of the month for May 2021
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History and Genetics: Originating from Spain, the Spanish seed stock that initiated the bred came from Caribbean breeding stations which populate Mexican ranch and missionary breeding programs of the 1700s.  In the 1800s the bred made its way into the southwestern part of America.

The Spanish/Mexican Wilbur-Cruce horse was last documented to the Wilbur Arizona ranch of Dr. Ruben Wilbur in 1887 with 25 Mexican mares and a single stallion from Father Francisco Kino's historic Rancho Delores in Sonora, Mexico. Today, the Wilbur-Cruce DNA markers show common ancient genetics for the Caspian of Persia, Garrano of Portugal and the Turkomen of Central Asia.

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Averaging between 700-800 pounds and from 13 to nearly 15 hands is a healthy and strong breed. Coloring ranges from solid colors as well as tobiano, sabino and overo.

There are three distinct types that survive today, the athletic North African Barb ranch work, the more refined pleasure riding horse, and the Carthusian/Villano warhorse. In 1990 Dr. Rubens granddaughter, Eva Antonia Wilbur-Cruse donated the descendents to the America Livestock Breeds Conservancy.

Current Global Population: 150
North American Population: 150 California and the American Southwest.
Global Breeding Activity: Unknown

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May 2021

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Caspian Horse

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History and Genetics: Originating in Persia, today’s Iran, the Caspian horse predates the Arabian breed by 1,000 years. DNA affirms the Caspian to be ancestral to all the Oriental breeds. The breed includes a variety of colors, bay being the most dominate.

Caspians could be classified as a child’s mount that can carry 120 pounds. Averaging 11 to 12.5 hands, the breed is small, however has amazing shoulder action and agility. This highly intelligent breed is a powerful athlete in jumping, driving with amazing endurance, which has been passed on to the Arabian breed.

While the Caspians have a single breed standard, three distinct types have been identified: Desert, Hunter, and Steppe.

Current Global Population: 900 to 1,000
North American Population:
Global Breeding Activity:
Approx. 500
EST Forecast:
With global breeding activity depressed, more effort is needed between breeders and registries.

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April 2021

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From December 2019

"She’s A Painted Jewel"

Horse of the month for November 2019
(She’s A Painted Jewel and Noelle Salmons were the 3 and Over, 58” and Over Molly Mule Halter champions)

“She’s A Painted Jewel” is a good example of her class. Here at NAES, I’ve been asked to appraise several fabulous mules. Basically, the mule can move as well or better than the best thoroughbred type of working hunter and also jump very well too.

The 28th Annual Great Celebration Mule & Donkey Show was held in Shelbyville, Tenn. Where “She’s A Painted Jewel” and Noelle Salmons were the 3 and Over, 58” and Over Molly Mule Halter champions
The event hosts several associations, including the AGMA World Grand Champion show, the NASMDA National Championship Show and is a NMDA sanctioned show.

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March 2021
#1 From December 2019 Used from February 2018

The Arabian Horse

A breed that is over 5,000 years old and is known as the oldest breed recorded has carried kings, royals and equine enthusiasts through war, celebrations and world sporting events.

The Bedouins, a desert tribe in the Arabian Peninsula were the first to domesticated this breed and to this day they have kept is breed old horse as purebred Arabian. In keeping with tradition many purebred Arabian names begin with ‘Bint’ or “Ibn”. These prefixes are rough translations for the Bedouin words for daughter of’ or ‘son of’.

The Arabian Horse Unique Characteristics:

  • 14 hands and 15.2 hands & weigh from 800 lbs to 1000 lbs.
  • Arabian horses of Polish, Russian and Anglo bloodlines exceed 15.3.
  • Black skin underneath their coats, except underneath any white hair.
  • One less vertebra than other breeds of horses.
  • Coat colors: grey, bay, chestnuts, blacks, and roan.
  • Dished face, arching neck and wide intelligent eyes.
  • Gaits: “floating” - forward movement.
  • Purebred Arabians bloodlines are used to refine any bred. Selective breeding insures that certain bloodlines retain the size and type they were selected for. Certain breeds will keep their fine boned, while others are more substantially built.

A terrific sports horse and no challenge is to great. The purebred Arabian and the breeds that carry the Arabian genes are excellent competitors in Dressage, Hunters- on flat /over jumps, Endurance, Driving, Western events and week-end trail rides.

Purebred Arabian Stallion

Horse of the month for February 2018
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2005 Reserve Champion Stallion, Ajman & 2006 First Place Stallions Nine Years Old and Over, Dubai.

Examples of Arabian Bloodlines Refining Selected Breeds

Polish Arabian Filly

Horse of the month for February 2018
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Two-year-old filly Piacolla fetched €305,000 at the Pride of Poland sale in 2014 for Michałów Stud.

Russian Arabian Stallion

Horse of the month for February 2018
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KAMELOT (RU) 22.2.2000 Bay Straight Russian Arabian stallion. Anchar {Moment x Nutria by Topol} x Kameia {Mastak x Kaya by Semen} Bred by Khrenovoe State.

Thoroughbred Anglo Arab Stallion

Horse of the month for February 2018
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Future Gravitas’ sire is the only horse in history to qualify for all 3 Bundeschampionats – in Eventing, Show jumping Dressage. He has more than 50% thoroughbred Anglo Arab blood demonstrates outstanding movement, a scopey effortless jump an incredibly cool and trainable temperament.

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February 2021
#2 From from November 2019

The Morgan

One of the earliest horse breeds developed in the United States is the Morgan.
The foundation sire, “Figure” later named “Justin Morgan” after his best-known owner.

Horse of the month for November 2019

In the 19th-century the Morgan made an impact on American history. Both sides of the American Civil War used the breed for cavalry and later on became part of every day life being used as coach horses, harness racing, farm work, and general riding. The breed has influenced other American breeds i.e., the American Quarter Horse, Standardbred, Tennessee Walker, and the Hackney. The Morgan breed is dependable and consistent in its original characteristics.

Horse of the month for November 2019

In 2005, there were estimated to be over 175,000 Morgan horses worldwide and through the years NAES has appraised many quality Morgan horses.

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January 2021
#3 From April, 2020

Cleveland Bay

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The Cleveland Bay was produced in Yorkshire, England, the name "Cleveland" referring to the Vale of Cleveland in Yorkshire, and "Bay" to its color (always bay in color, no white markings - occasionally a small star). The breed that is genetically consistent credits the two hundred years of pure breeding. Standing at 16-17 hands and weighing around 1200-1500 pounds the breed has muscled hindquarters, sloping shoulders, dense bone and sound durable feet with a smart calm disposition.

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Cleveland Bay horses were first imported to the United States in the early 1800s. The Cleveland Bay Society of America (CBHSNA) was founded in 1885, and over 2,000 horses were registered by 1907.

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Today the breed excels in Dressage, Driving, Eventing, Hunter, and pleasure. In the 2017 census data; there are 192 purebred Cleveland Bays in the United States and Canada. The CBHSNA recognizes Cleveland Bays with a minimum of 1/8th blood and with papers indicating CB ancestry.

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